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Who Knew?Responsibility Without Awareness$
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George Sher

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389197

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389197.001.0001

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A New Beginning

A New Beginning

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(p.85) Six A New Beginning
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Who Knew?
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George Sher (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389197.003.0006

This chapter introduces the book's central positive proposal. Reduced to its essentials, that proposal asserts that when an agent performs an act that he should but does not recognize as wrong or foolish, what connects him to the act's wrongness or foolishness in a way that renders him responsible for it is the causal connection between his cognitive failure and the constellation of features that makes him the person he is. Unlike the searchlight view, this proposal promises to account for our reactions to (just about) all of the cases that were introduced in Chapter 2. However, at the same time, it raises various important new questions, and these set the agenda for the remainder of the book.

Keywords:   responsibility, cognitive failure, responsible self, constitutive features, causality

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